Game 104 // First Inning // The Death of the 2017 Cubs

 TOP OF THE FIRST: PIRATES 10 (0) – 0 CUBS

 

Fifteen minutes into the first, and Jon Lester is down for the count.

Pulled before the inning ends. The worst of his career.

It’s the first inning and—10 runs?

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Bryant Throw Final Out seven

Game 100 // Tenth Inning // You Can Only End the Drought With a Little Rain, Or: How You Learned to Stop Worrying and Witness the Greatest Game in a Century (A Treatise on Heaven)

There’s almost a certain sadness to it all. Winning, against two lifetimes of failure. Peering out through the morning fog of the battlefield, seeing an arch-enemy finally downed. Shot, and stabbed, crying out and writhing—its innards eviscerated, a row of giant blades sticking up from its back.

You start to feel mercy—what did that poor Billy Goat ever do to deserve this?

Can we at least wish it a happy goodbye?

There’s a sadness to it all, in the end. In the end. The end. The most heartbreaking book you’ve ever read—but ending? You never told the author you’d wanted an ending. Not for real.

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Game 99 // Third Inning // We’re Getting a Game Seven

TOP OF THE THIRD: CUBS 7 (3) – 0 INDIANS

 

You’d be wise, not to blow all your smiles on a Game Six.

You might not want to shout. Keep the champagne corked. Leave some green in your wallet. Don’t hug all your neighbors. Don’t profess new faith in God. Not yet.

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Jason Kipnis Dagger Home Run

Game 98 // Seventh Inning // Falling Down

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: INDIANS 7 (4) – 1 CUBS

  

Kipnis sends a three-run homer into the bleachers. 7-1 Indians.

Things go quiet. Your head falls into your lap. 

 

IN A DREAM—YOU ENTER WHAMMY BURGER, APPROACH THE COUNTER.

 

Sheila: Hi, can I help you?

YOU: Yes, I’d like a two-run single and a rally starter.

Sheila: I’m sorry, we’ve stopped serving offense but we are on the loss menu now.

YOU: But I want offense.

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